Monday, May 18, 2015

Simple Baby Shower Cards

A few months ago the ladies at my church did a service project by putting together some newborn packets (clothes and blankets) to give to new moms in the hospital who have very little.  It broke my heart to hear that some moms have so little that they have to bring their babies home in brown paper.  I was asked to put together some cards to go along with the gifts.  It felt good to contribute to such a good cause.

If you've been handing around my blog for a while you'll know by now that I love simple--and that's just what these cards are.  Simple.  But Sweet.

I used my two inch scalloped punch on some cute scrapbook paper to create the bassinet by cutting out a quarter of the circle adding some button wheels at the bottom and a curvy little handle with a pencil.

A simple congratulations at the bottom finished the cards off along with a thoughtful note inside.

These cards were easy to mass produce and didn't take me to long to finish at all. Hopefully they helped some new moms feel loved and supported in one of the most important jobs on earth!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Baby Shower Printable

A friend of mine is expecting a little baby boy any day now.  I threw her a little shower last month to help celebrate her upcoming arrival.

I kept the decorations fairly simple sticking to a blue and white color scheme.  I decorated with a pennant banner, lots of balloons and this printable to help personalize the decor a little.  I just love pastel blue to celebrate baby boys.  There's just something so sweet and cozy about that color.

After creating my printable I stuck it in this frame from Ikea.  These frames cost only $1 and I love their unique shape.

 I just have to mention that these balloon sticks have been one of the best purchases I've ever made.  They come in handy for everything and make it so easy to decorate for birthdays or parties.  I got a pack of 144 and they are going to last me forever.  When I bought them I wasn't thinking that I could reuse the sticks when I was done with them so I think I'm set with balloon sticks for just about the rest of my life.  I picked up these glass vases at the dollar store filled them with tissue paper and stuck three 9" balloons in each one and placed them on a large paper dollie--my favorite touch.  Simple, inexpensive, big impact.

Here I used the balloon sticks again, this time in a larger vase, to create a bigger "bouquet".  I love how it turned out.

Feel free to use my printable for yourself  . . . or a friend.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Cinderella Printables

Have you seen the new Cinderella movie yet?  I didn't think I'd get to see it anytime soon because I live in a house full of boys.  Fortunately for me there were no other family-friendly shows the week that we decided to go to the drive-in movies!  My very favorite message (which has been slowly creeping up around the internet) was to "have courage and be kind."  Isn't that wonderful!?  If we could all just remember to act with courage and kindness the world would be such a better place!  So I put together a few printables so that you could have a visible reminder.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Mini "treat-yo-self" Birthday Package

Do you watch Parks and Recreation? Me too.  Funniest show ever.  Laugh out loud funny.  I mean something has to be really funny to make me laugh out loud--I don't give my laughs away easily--but Parks and Rec does it for me every time.  Hi-lar-i-ous.  If you watch it too I'm sure you understand why I'm broken hearted that the series is over.

As my sisters and I were brainstorming what to get our youngest sister, Rachelle, for her birthday I started thinking that what she might enjoy most for her birthday was to treat herself to something.  Then it hit me.  She needed a "treat yo self" birthday package.  If you're familiar with Parks and Rec then you know all about treat-yo-self.  Once a year Tom and Donna dedicate a day to treating themselves--like over the top treating themselves.

I mean who doesn't love to treat themselves.  And what better thing for the birthday girl to do.

Of course we don't have a Tom and Donna treat-yo-self budget but I still think we put together a pretty good package.

Of course the birthday girl should take herself to lunch so we got her a gift card to one of her favorite places, Subway.  And she'll want to wear something pretty on her special day so we got her a new necklace.  Rachelle is our flower sister, she loves flowers, so I thought this cute necklace was perfect.  Later in the day she might want to relax and give herself a pedicure or paint her nails so we threw in some new nail polish.  Birthday's always call for a special sweet treat too and since Rachelle is our health nut sister we got her a bag of dark chocolate honey mints from Trader Joe's--an extra special treat since she doesn't live anywhere near Trader Joe's.  Poor girl.

Put all together I think it makes for a pretty great treat.  We sure hope she likes it.

Now to pack it up and ship it off so it will be there in time for her special day.

Happy birthday Rachelle!

Feel free to use our little printable to your hearts content.
(Click on image to enlarge, right click, copy, and paste in a word document to print.)
And don't forget to take some time to treat yo self.  I think we all need a treat sometime.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Recycled Train

The other day when my two oldest were at school and the baby was napping I decided my three year old and I needed to spend a little one-on-one time together doing something special.  It isn't that often that we do crafts so we pulled out the paints and some recyclable items and make this cute little choo-choo train.

This little guy loves to paint!  He was in heaven.  He had so much fun picking out what colors he wanted to use to paint his egg carton, and then when he was all done, mixing all the colors on his paint-pallet-plate together.

Once everything was painted we placed a toilet paper tube at the front to make a smoke stack with some cotton (or smoke) coming out of the top.  He was so pleased with his special creation that he made all by himself and we had so much fun spending time together.  It was time well spent.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Chore Chart

I don't know about your kids but mine hate chores.  We've tried lots of different ideas but our kitchen chore chart has been the most successful and long lasting.  I can't claim coming up with it though.  Amy and I grew up with a chart similar to this hanging on our fridge--so the credit goes to our amazing mother.

Every Monday morning we rotate our jobs.  When someone complains, "I hate (fill in the job)" I can happily tell them, "Well, next week you won't have to do it!"  Recently we decided that Mr. H (who is 3 1/2) can help with the chores now.  Since we only had three jobs on our chart I needed to make a new, updated chore chart.

If you would like to make one it's super easy!  All you need are 2 long envelopes (sealed and cut in half), some 4 x 6 index cards, and a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock.  I trim my envelopes down to 4 x 3.75.  These make a nice little pocket for your name cards! I also trim my index cards to better fit into the pockets.  After finding the clipart that I like I print it on to my envelopes.  After gluing the envelopes onto your cardstock, insert your index cards with names on them.  Easy cheesy.

I'd love to hear what kinds of things you with chores at your house!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Simple and Healthy Dr. Seuss Lunch

Dr. Seuss and his books are much loved in our home.  We've made it a family tradition to celebrate his birthday on March 2nd each year.  I find celebrating Dr. Seuss is a fun and magical part of childhood.  My kids won't be little forever and this is a simple way to make it memorable. (To see how we've celebrated in years past click here.)
This year I came up with a simple lunch to surprise my kids with in their school lunch boxes on Monday.

To make these Cat in the Hat string cheeses I simply used a black and red sharpie marker and drew right on the plastic wrapper.

For these "hop on pop-corn" bags I put together this little printable and printed them off onto wax paper bags that I have left over from another project.  (Find printable image at end of post.)

 This cutie Lorax came together quickly with two googly eyes and a felt mustache. 

I can't wait to pack my kids lunch on Monday.  I hope they get as much of a kick out of their Dr. Seuss lunch as I had making it.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Kid Approved Coconut Lime Gummies

Homemade fruit snacks, or gummies as we like to call them at our house, are a very popular treat.  I've experimented with quite a few recipes over the years but the lemon ones have been a consistent favorite.  That is until we tried these coconut lime gummies. They were a hit with everyone in our home.  Even my pickiest eater loved them.  I love their unique flavor.  Mildly sweet and a little bit tangy. They have just the right subtle combination that we just can't get enough of.

To continue reading and get the recipe visit my food blog Nourishing Bites.